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Ford December sales surge 33%, Toyota up 32%, Honda up 24%, GM down 6%, Chrysler down 4%

UPDATED at 4:30 p.m. with Toyota, others:

December sales of Ford cars and trucks shot up 33 percent compared with December 2008, solidifying the automaker's primacy among Detroit's Big Three.

Toyota, the world's largest automaker, said December sales rose 33 percent compared to December 2008, and total 2009 sales were down 20 percent.

GM said its December sales were down 6 percent for December. For all of 2009, GM's sales were down 30 percent compared to 2008.

Ford's share of the U.S. market climbed 1 percent in 2009 to about 15 percent, the company said, marking the first year-over-year increase since 1995.

Ford car sales rose 42 percent, and truck sales rose 29 percent.

Chrysler said its December sales dropped 4 percent, which counts as a pretty strong month for the ailing automaker, which routinely was shedding 35 percent of its sales each month during the recession.

Ford is the only U.S. automaker to refuse government bailout money. Both GM and Chrysler took bailout money and went through government-sponsored bankruptcies.

For all of 2009, Ford sales were down 15 percent and Chrysler's were down 36 percent compared to 2008. It was Chrysler's worst sales year since 1962 and the first time since that year that annual Chrysler sales dropped below 1 million vehicles.

-- Honda said December sales were up 24 percent in December but down 20 percent for 2009.

-- Nissan said December sales were up 18 percent but 2009 sales were down 19 percent.

-- Kia said December sales soared 44 percent while 2009 sales rose 10 percent.

-- Mercedes USA said December sales were up 8 percent but 2009 sales were down 15 percent.

-- Subaru said December sales were up 33 percent and 2009 sales were up 15 percent.

-- Volkswagen said December sales rose 16 percent while 2009 sales fell 4 percent.

-- Mazda said December sales rose less than 2 percent while 2009 sales fell 21 percent.

-- Mitsubishi said December sales fell 5 percent while 2009 sales plunged 45 percent.

-- Porsche December sales were down 2 percent and 2009 sales were down 24 percent.

Other companies will follow throughout the day; be sure to check back for updates.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  January 5, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Chrysler, Ford, GM, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, VW, auto sales  
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Bravo, Ford!


Posted by: DagnyT | January 5, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Who would want to buy a car from a company run by the UAW? They ran the industry into the groung, watch them take down GM.

Posted by: shewholives | January 5, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

GM's and Chrysler's days are numbered. A big shout out to the UAW and the bean counters that made this all happen! Way to go!

Posted by: tmkelley | January 5, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

see buying a ford is a way to

diss obama

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 5, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the UAW and Federal government will probably do everything in their power to give their companies an unfair advantage over Ford.

Posted by: Peejay | January 5, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Ford, although they still have the massive UAW debt anchor around their necks. I really hope Govt Motors fails for their illegal use of TARP money and unethical manipulation of bankruptcy law.

Posted by: icmp | January 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As a Ford shareholder (bought 600 shares at $1.50 at the bottom), I'm very glad to hear this, and promise to use the dividends to fund liberal causes.

Silly anti-capitalist anti-Government anti-tax Republicants .... this is why capitalism was invented by liberals and not America-hating neocons such as yourselves.

Posted by: WillSeattle | January 5, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

That car sales would surge while home sales plunge is understandable considering cars also provide a roof over your head and unlike houses, you are free to roam the country looking for work.

Posted by: slim2 | January 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Will Seatle, put down the latte! lol. Clearly, your synapses aren't firing properly today. Your comment makes no sense whatsoever, just like government/union run corporations (or retirement plans or insurance plans, etc.) make no cents whatsoever. Get a grip. Drink decaf!

JM

Posted by: JoeMcD | January 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

December sales of Ford cars and trucks shot up 33 percent compared with December 2008, solidifying the automaker's primacy among Detroit's Big Three.
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What does this say about government bailouts of the other car manufactures?

Posted by: moebius22 | January 5, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Ford is offering buyouts to all employees and hope that 75,000 take them up on the offer. This is not the sign of a healthy company.

But why think independently? It is so much easier to allow the MSM to do the thinking for you. And since most all of the sheeple don't care that Americans are being put of of work because they don't work for Ford, they will care when these 75,000 stop patronizing the companies they do work for.

Wake up, our corporate government is out to have two classes, the small ruling class and the enslaved class.

Posted by: skramsv | January 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse


Some of these postings are silly.

Has anyone considered that perhaps Ford makes better cars and trucks?

Except for my Dodge Grand Caravan. That thing rocks. If Chrysler scaled back to what they do best, they would have had a better year, too.

Chevys s-ck. Let me know when the door handles stop falling off.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | January 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Well yeah GM is down..

Nobody seems to remember they shut down two profitable Divisions (Pontiac and Saturn) and a huge selection of cars.

Just to fire people...and shut factories.

OH an lets not forget Oldsmobile.. gone!!

Closing three Divisions and a huge client base.

Together there sales were larger than 75% of all the other major car companies.

ISA


Posted by: Issa1 | January 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Good for Ford. The companies making cars that appeal to consumers for whatever reason (Ford, Honda & Nissan for quality, Kia for value) have done well.

GM and Chrysler have a product appeal and an image problem. Despite all aid from the government, they will not exist in this form in 10 years, maybe not in 5. The only way I see them surviving is to take GM's viable product lines (Cadillac, Chevy trucks and Buick) and the Dodge line at Chrsyler and set up a new company to buy the assets needed to produce these lines of cars. The new entity can then streamline the operation and start from scratch on the union contracts (or go non-union).

Government-run companies do not stand a chance against Ford and definitely will not stay leading-edge in the industry compared to Toyota and Honda. We will look back on the "Government Motors" experiment in 10 years and conclude that all we did was postpone the inevitable by a couple of years. Unfortunately, by putting off what should have been done earlier it will make the total impact worse in the long run.

Posted by: jwhit34 | January 5, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Interesting the reason Ford did so well is because Management and Union have a goal to build great cars..

AND they did..

GM and Chrysler still have adversarial relationships..

Kinda interesting that Ford Management will kick the Neocons Butt if they ever they and criticize their Unions.

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | January 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I bought a new car - and I didn't even consider the cars of the pathetic Government motors and the UAW thugs who run it. Am glad to see others agreed with me and bought a Ford.

Posted by: pgr88 | January 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Health care costs and retirement costs will dog GM till the end, until they lay off, force retire, or buyout the majority of it's work force and retirees.

The Obama Administration is delaying the inevitable for the sake of reelection politics.

Posted by: moebius22 | January 5, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I should have bought Ford stock!

Posted by: SarahBB | January 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Ford makes the only decent domestic truck...if you are buying a truck, then you must buy a Ford...all the other domestic brands are junk...and basically everything GM makes is junk, everything....anything good GM ever made, they stopped making...GM produces junk....in the final analysis,
Ford is the only domestic producer that makes something other than junk.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | January 5, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

obvious cause and effect here.
GM is down because of the horror that is the Howie Long pitchman series of commercials.
Ford is up because of fleet purchases and cop-car purchases (the mighty Crown Vic) that have to go American.

For regulae consumers, you would have to be crazy to buy American unless it is a Camry made in slave labor factories of the US South.

Posted by: roboturkey | January 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I recently bought a Ford (this summer) and can you believe that it was also built by the UAW? I thought all they did was bankrupt companies, blah blah blah

Well imagine that........quit hating on the workers so much and get a car based on its own merits. You right wing clowns need to straighten out your priorities. Defending bonuses to AIG since the elite bloodsuckers had a contract and calling for the dissolution of tens of thousands of jobs or elimination of benefits even though this huge block of workers also had contracts.

Posted by: theobserver4 | January 5, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I recently bought a Ford (this summer) and can you believe that it was also built by the UAW? I thought all they did was bankrupt companies, blah blah blah

Well imagine that........quit hating on the workers so much and get a car based on its own merits. You right wing clowns need to straighten out your priorities. Defending bonuses to AIG since the elite bloodsuckers had a contract and calling for the dissolution of tens of thousands of jobs or elimination of benefits even though this huge block of workers also had contracts.

Posted by: theobserver4 | January 5, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Ford has been run better than others for years.
1. Much better Union Relations, thus they got a better deal from the UAW faster. It pays to treat people better, if not right. If management treats workers badly, why should workers give up anything to make the company stay afloat?
2. Ford saw the writing on the wall about gas mileage long before GM.
3. Ford makes better cars on average, partly I suspect because of number 1.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | January 5, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Government ownership is a death sentence!

Posted by: genbarlow | January 5, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

All you GM and Chrysler haters, remember this, we own part of them now. It would be in their and our best interest for them to survive. So while you are buying a Hyundai or Toyota instead of a GM, Chrysler or Ford, just think of it as cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Posted by: dcmotor | January 5, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

DEPRESSION OBAMA

Obozo and the democrat communist party own the economy now and it won't come back until they are voted out of office.

So many people won't buy GM or MOPAR because of the unions. Why should all this group get favoritism when the rest of the country has to pay for these cheats.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 5, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The problems with GM took years to create and they will take years to fix.

Right now the only cars they are making are ones that shout, "I'm uneducated. I watch NASCAR. I'm going nowhere in life. I have two pints of moonshine in my belly, an unregistered pistol in my glove box, and I vote Republican."

Who wants a car like that? Well, we know who wants a car like that, and they can't keep GM afloat.

Posted by: colonelpanic | January 5, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

This is terrible. Maybe we can tax the Ford vehicle sales at a higher rate to help GM and Chrysler out.

Posted by: ericnestor | January 5, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

This new business ownership model definitely seems to be working better than the old one. Any additional penny of aid, permanent or temporary, to either of the other two needs to come only after measures have been taken by them (not just promised) to follow suit.

The best way to describe my personal reaction to this is that sometimes I don't eat something because I like it; I do it because it's good for me.

Posted by: juggernautenterprises | January 5, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

This new business ownership model definitely seems to be working better than the old one. Any additional penny of aid, permanent or temporary, to either of the other two needs to come only after measures have been taken by them (not just promised) to follow suit.

The best way to describe my personal reaction to this is that sometimes I don't eat something because I like it; I do it because it's good for me.

Posted by: juggernautenterprises | January 5, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Looks like A LOT more folks are wanting to buy a Ford than a vehicle from Obama Motors and the UAW.

Posted by: fenoy | January 5, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

One correction: Toyota is not the world's largest automaker. Volkswagen is. They surpassed Toyota several months ago.

Posted by: MarkEMcDonald | January 5, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Ford started their "Bold Moves" plan back in 2006, when they hired Mulally who had the vision to off-load assets early. That is why they did not take a bailout, because they had cash on-hand and many of the smart and sexy designs that have brought them through in the pipeline for years. Even Polk, the leading company for auto industry analysts is saying so
http://blog.polk.com/blog/the-polk-blog/0/0/ford-continues-to-connect

Posted by: DesertQ100 | January 7, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

A reminder:

Chrysler's December sales were over 30% higher than its November sales. (What sense does it make to compare sales with those 12 months ago?)

Motor Trend picks the Ram as Truck of the Year.

Chrysler in in Limbo now, but it has a fast track on innovative technology and styling from Fiat/Lancia/Alfa Romeo.

Posted by: johng2323 | January 12, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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